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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,037 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Mullen Narrator: Henry Strozier Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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The Last Town on Earth centers on the inhabitants of a small logging town in Washington and what happens when they take drastic measures (quarantine) to try and protect themselves from the virulent and deadly flu epidemic of 1918. When a deserting WWI soldier demands sanctuary, events are set in motion that change the town forever. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leanne | 2/17/2014

    " I just read this book. It was very well written and disturbing. Good historical fiction. It deals with issues of inclusion and exclusion and the flu epidemic of WWI. But it has a timeless quality to it that makes you feel as though it could be set in the past, present, or future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 2/17/2014

    " A compelling book that illustrates the danger of utopian societies and the evil righteous believers of any persuasion loose on the world. Using selfless sounding excuses, such as "protecting his family," the characters stoke their fear, anger and hate and soon they join the other forces of death--war and disease--and start killing each other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Hayden | 2/13/2014

    " Really great historical premise; mediocre writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/7/2014

    " A very interesting and well crafted story about the 1918 flu epidemic and how one remote town in Washington state handled it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anastasia | 2/2/2014

    " Some of my family members died in the flu epidemic of 1918, so I've always wanted to learn more about it. This was an interesting book, and the author did a good job of showing the types of things that might happen when a healthy town tries to keep out the unhealthy, and the difficult choices that might result. Although I am a progressive person, the installation of characters with 21st century progressive values into an early 20th century didn't quite ring true. Nonetheless, it's worth a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelley | 2/1/2014

    " I would rather give this book 3.5 stars, but I can't err on the side of 4... so 3 it is. It is a well written and thought provoking work of fiction well worth reading. However, the historical context of towns closing themselves off during the 1918 flu left me wishing this was less of a fiction book and more of a factual account. Other than that, I really enjoyed it as a fiction book that really flowed and had an interesting plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Hosfelt | 1/30/2014

    " i read this book several years ago, it will be one of the 25 or 30 books I'll never forget. I agree somewhat with lauren who says the writing is simple but not "hemingway simple". It's a excellent book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristen | 1/28/2014

    " Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. A fictional twist on true events, Mullen writes about a small logging village that tries to keep the spanish influenza away by quarantining themselves from the outside world. Chaos ensues. A truly riveting and dramatic tale; the morbid subject is balanced out by the heartwarming/wrenching tales of of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 1/3/2014

    " Takes place duiring the Spanish flu epidemic in 1917/1918. This is a small town in WA that quarentines itself. Very interesting so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Wilcomb | 12/30/2013

    " A very timely novel. It is about the 1918 flu epidemic and how one town in the Pacific Northwest copes. It is based on a true incident. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 12/8/2013

    " I thought that this was a really interesting book, and the point of view was unique. It started a little slow but once it got rolling I couldn't put it down. I did get pretty invested in the characters and their journeys. I would totally recommend it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 11/30/2013

    " I can't really give this a full review because I never finished it. It just didn't grab me and keep my attention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitney Marsh | 3/8/2013

    " It was a interesting premise, but not as captivating as I would have hoped. The book is worth reading, although it won't keep you up at night to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Inga | 1/11/2013

    " I get frustrated when people make bad decisions that are only going to make things worse. That's what this book is all about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/1/2012

    " This one started out great, but had a very weak last half. I was disappointed! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Talyseon Talyseon | 6/7/2012

    " A fascinating look at the pressure cooker of 1918; World War I and the Spanish Influenza, and the hard choices they wrested from the people of Commonwealth, WA. Check out my full review: The Last Town on Earth "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debora Baird | 12/12/2011

    " Interesting concept, but not as well done as I would have hoped. Unnecessary language and very dark view of human nature. I thought it would be engrossing, but it reallly wasn't until the last few pages when I just wanted to see how it ended. Overall, I don't recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith A. | 10/30/2011

    " Wonderful book that brought to life a historical event that happened in my neck of woods. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 9/20/2011

    " It's 1918, and a small mill town in Washington state has decided to cut itself off from the rest of the world to try and avoid getting the deathly flu. War, politics, and disease all come into play, along with a little romance. A/A-. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 8/21/2011

    " I thought this was a slow starting book, but got really good half way through "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 5/6/2011

    " I really enjoyed this historical fiction about WWI and the 1918 flu pandemic. I found I was really engaged with the characters and their outcome in this little town of Commonwealth. Everyone in my bood discussion group liked the book and we really had a good time discussing this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 5/3/2011

    " Read the author's second book, The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers, which was great. So gave his first book a shot. Great setup, but pretty slow. Gonna put it down for a while and maybe I'll return. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitney | 4/11/2011

    " It was a interesting premise, but not as captivating as I would have hoped. The book is worth reading, although it won't keep you up at night to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharleen | 4/6/2011

    " I listened to thsi book on tape with my Husband while commuting to work. We both enjoyed the audiobook so much we were sad when it ended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnne Pulcino | 4/5/2011

    " Set against the backdrop of one of the most virulent epidemics that America ever experienced--the 1918 flu epidemic--Mullen's powerful, sweeping first novel is a tale of morality in a time of upheaval.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 3/31/2011

    " Tragic and sad, but a good story based on true events that happened during WWI. I thought the ending was a little rushed and unsatisfying to me. But I still like this book a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celia | 3/26/2011

    " Interesting to see what happens to societies when influenza hits also I liked mixing in labor strife and socialism. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 3/11/2011

    " Couldn't do it! I didn't click with any characters and it seemed to take a very long time to say anything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leanne | 3/9/2011

    " I just read this book. It was very well written and disturbing. Good historical fiction. It deals with issues of inclusion and exclusion and the flu epidemic of WWI. But it has a timeless quality to it that makes you feel as though it could be set in the past, present, or future. "

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About the Author
Author Thomas Mullen

Thomas Mullen is the author of The Last Town on Earth, which was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA Today and was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction, and The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers. His books have been named Best of the Year by such publications as the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Onion, and Amazon.com.

About the Narrator

Henry Strozier has appeared in numerous films, including Contact, You Don’t Know Jack, Thirteen Days, and Sex in the City. Also a voice-over artist, he has worked extensively in video games and audiobook narration.